Small pots containing succulents were placed in pieces of wood by Sarah’s parents to decorate the tables. Each table also featured an authentic French house number, which had been lent to the couple by an antiques dealer friend. Numbers 4 and 6 were too big for the tables, so they missed those out. Later guests were overheard debating the significance of the chosen table numbers!
As a favour, everyone guest was given a tiny cooking pot from Ile de la Reunion, the French overseas department where Mervin’s mum is from. The pots were filled with the traditional gift of sugared almonds. As vanilla also comes from Ile de la Reunion, vanilla pods were also given out, which excited their foodie friends.
The couple took great care with their seating plan, as some of their guests only spoke either French or English. Where this was the case, they made sure a bilingual guest was close by.